What most people don’t know is that duck eggs are far superior to chicken eggs.
All eggs, when fed with their shells, are a complete source of nutrition. Plus, when you feed your dog raw farm fresh eggs from organically fed, free-range birds, their nutritional qualities are significantly higher, no matter what kind of egg you’re feeding.
But when comparing duck eggs with chicken eggs, it’s clear to see that -though feeding chicken eggs is greatly beneficial to your raw fed dog- duck eggs are far more beneficial.
Let’s take a look at some reasons why:
- Duck eggs have twice the nutritional value of chicken eggs and stay fresher longer due to their thicker shell.
- Duck eggs are richer and contain more albumen (a protein found in egg whites).
- Duck eggs have more omega-3 fatty acids which improve everything from your dog’s brain health to their coat and skin health.
- Duck eggs are an alkaline producing food. This aids your dog’s body in fighting abnormal cell (cancer cell) formation because these cells cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. Chicken eggs, on the other hand, leave the body more acidic.
- An additional benefit of duck eggs is that many dogs that are allergic to chicken eggs are able to eat duck eggs without allergic reactions.
Duck Eggs vs Chicken Eggs: Nutrition
- Raw duck eggs have six times the amount of vitamin D.
- Raw duck eggs have twice as much vitamin A.
- Duck eggs have more vitamin K2.
- Both duck eggs and chicken eggs have the same carbohydrate content.
- Duck eggs are higher in protein.
- Both eggs contain similar amounts of selenium, manganese, zinc, copper, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium and iron, but duck eggs contain slightly higher amounts of these minerals.
- Both contain similar amounts of thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and retinol, but just like minerals, duck eggs contain slightly higher amounts of each.
- And once again, both eggs contain similar amounts of amino acids, but duck eggs contain more of each. These include threonine, isoleucine, tryptophan, leucine, methionine, lysine, cysteine, tyrosine, phenylalanine, valine, serine, glycine, proline, aspartic acid, histidine, alanine, and arginine.
Don’t let these facts discourage you from feeding chicken eggs. Chicken eggs have incredible health benefits and are more readily available, making them easier to incorporate into your raw fed dog’s diet. But when you have the opportunity, swap them out for some duck eggs so that your dog can benefit from the nutritional qualities of both.